Academic Year: 2016-2017

My department requires that every Spring I complete a “mini-cv” and a brief analysis of my academic year. To help log my academic development I have included them below.

 

My summary of the year

During the academic year 2016-2017 I was in my fourth year in the History of Science program at the University of Oklahoma. My main intellectual achievement was the completion of my General Exams on February 17, 2017. My three tested fields were “Optics and Theories of Vision,” “History of the Book,” and “Reformation and Counter-Reformation History.” This semester I will complete my fourth field, “Islamic Science,” with Dr. Barker’s seminar. Since completing my exams I have been developing my dissertation topic and beginning preliminary work on a prospectus. My plan is to finish the prospectus in the next few months.

In addition to completing General Exams and developing a dissertation topic, my other main research project this year has been working with Dr. Livesey to transcribe and analyze a manuscript of Ockham’s Brevis summa libri physicorum, which previously had never been studied. Our plan is to publish both an open digital transcription as well as a short article.

This year I also made my first trip to the History of Science Society meeting in Atlanta, GA. At the conference I presented the paper: “The Role of Proclus in Shaping Renaissance Mathematics.” The paper is a development out of my master’s thesis, which I plan to transform into a journal article over the next year. The conference was an enjoyable experience.

In addition to my formal academic development, I have also had the opportunity to continue working with Dr. Magruder on the Galileo’s World exhibition. I have given tours to groups of all ages and worked with Dr. Magruder to develop a digital repository for open educational resources relating to the history of science collections, oulynx.org.

 

My mini-cv for the year

 

1. Progress in Academic Program

Committee:

Dr. Rienk Vermij (chair), Dr. Jane Wickersham (outside member), Dr. Kathleen Crowther, Dr. Kerry Magruder, Dr. Peter Barker, Dr. Steven Livesey

Courses taken during fall 2016:

  • HIST 6200 – Politics and Religion in the Early Modern World, Dr. Jane Wickersham
    • Paper: The Historiography of Magic and the Reformation
  • HSCI 5550 – Topics in the History of Science (Medieval Universities), Dr. Steven Livesey
    • Paper: (Continued work on editing William of Ockham’s Brevis summa libris)

Courses taken during spring 2017:

  • HSCI 5550 – Topics in the History of Science (Seminar on Islamic Science), Dr. Peter Barker
    • Paper: The Role of Ibn al-Haytham’s Optics on the Italian Renaissance
  • HSCI 5960 – Directed Readings (The History of Science in the thought of T.F. Torrance), Dr. Kerry Magruder

2. Teaching Assistantships

  • None during the 2016-2017 academic year

3. Scholarly Activity

  • Funding:
    • Graduate Student Senate Travel Grant
  • Conference Presentations:
    • 2016 History of Science Society meeting – “The Role of Proclus in Shaping Renaissance Mathematics,” Atlanta, GA, 11/04/16

4. Academic Activities and Service

  • 2016-2017, President, Oklahoma History of Science Students’ Association
  • 2015-2016, Research Assistant for Dr. Kerry Magruder
    • Helped in the creation and implementation of the education programs for the Galileo’s World exhibition.

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